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MSNBC
Apr 12, 2013 12:00am PDT
manchin, who is a gun positive democrat from west virginia with an a rating from the nra has been looking to make a deal like this for months, ever since the massacre of sandy hook elementary school in december. he made it clear he wanted to work on gun safety not from republicans in the aisle but in the room at the negotiating table. he was pretty optimistic the nra would cooperate. >> i want to call our friends at nra and bring them into it. they have to be at the table. we all have to. i'm telling you, i believe this is a time for all of us to sit down and move in a responsible manner. thick they will. >> that was joe manchin speaking on this network december 17th, three days after the sandy hook massacre. here's what happened next, even as joe manchin was inviting them into the fold the nra was fighting background checks with all their might. in multiple public appearances wayne lapierre called it as an unworkable nightmare of bureaucracy offered up by public elites. joe manchin really wanted to bring nra to the table to work on background checks. he did. late last month, "pol
CNN
Apr 14, 2013 4:00am PDT
weekend, nascar found itself in the middle of a gun debate because the nra sponsored yesterday's race at the texas motor speedway. >> drivers, start your engines! >> he'll be able to go the di distance. >> the race went on for many fans. susan candiotti was right there. susan? >> alison, the nra 500 at the texas motor speedway about politics or pure sport? for some, the answer is up for grabs. it's race day and the action is heating up. along with a cookout grill, as fans get revved up for the big event. the nra a 500. but the race and the national race and rifle association have chris murphy worked up. >> nascar and fox should have been more sensitive to the families and the community of newtown and stayed out of this debate. >> reporter: he is upset nascar signed off on the nra sponsorship negotiated by the texas motor speedway, especially now, when gun control legislation is about to be debated. >> they could have found another sponsor for this race. they could have waited until after the debate to have the nra sponsor a race. just really poor timing. >> reporter: nascar says the nra
MSNBC
Apr 10, 2013 6:00pm PDT
of a new law that the nra supported in louisiana last year. a new law that singles out gun laws and gun regulations for special scrutiny by the courts. essentially, gun laws in louisiana now are presumed to be unconstitutional unless proven otherwise. including the one about felons. when the law was first proposed, the bureau of governmental research, which is kind of like the congressional research service at the state level, they do nonpartisan review of legislation and policy for the state of louisiana, this nonpartisan analysts in this state said don't do this thing the nra wants us to do. they urged people to vote against this change in the law. they said, there's no good reason to enter this uncharted territory. they said, changing the law like this, quote, would expose the public to unnecessary risks and hamper law enforcement. republican governor bobby jind l, though, supported it. he said, it's time we protected our freedom. now that it turns out that what he was protecting was the ability of convicted felons to legally possess ak-47s, governor bobby gindle put out a statem
Current
Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm PDT
majority of nra members? >> i questioned whether this bill would come through with the senate. i was sure it would die in the house. 90% of democrats voted for it. 90% of republicans voted against it. it was not an universal background check bill. it was temporarily requiring background checks at gun shows and on the internet congress was perfectly happy letting criminals and terrorists and mentally ill continue to buy guns in 33 states from private gun dealers without background checks. and even before the vote came up they stripped out two of the most important aspects the assault weapons ban and the ban on high capacity ammunition magazines which would have prevented another new town from happening. no universal background checks. no ban on military style weapons. no ban on high magazine clips which is the common denominator in mass shootings. we see how broken the it is when they have manipulated our congress in high fiving because criminals, terrorists can continue to buy guns without background checks or detection and that is absurd. >> indeed. kim, what did you make of the pre
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 7:00pm PDT
successful lobbying efforts of the national rifle association. >> the nra has acted shamefully. >> this bill only managed to win 54 votes. >> if the nra didn't score this, we would have had 15 more votes. >> is there any difference between sandy hook and boston other than the choice of weapon? >> the president and first lady are already on their way to attend an interfaith service. >> every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. >> how can a good god allow bad things to happen? >> we are are shaken, we are are not foresaken. >> god's love will yet have the last word. >> we will have accountability without vengeance. vigilance without fear. >> they picked the wrong city to do it. not here in boston. >>> tonight, the fbi has a new most wanted list. these guys. the fbi is asking for your help in finding two suspects described as armed and extremely dangerous. during a press conference earlier this evening, investigators put out this video of the two men, both wearing caps and dark jackets, walking through the marathon crowd on monday. special agent in char
CBS
Apr 13, 2013 5:30pm PDT
our tragedy becomes your tragedy. >>> and that emotional appeal comes on the same day as the nra is sponsoring a nascar race in texas. cbs reporter anna warner on why some say the event should have been canceled. >> reporter: at the texas motor speedway, the logo for this year's race sits prominently on the glass. the nra 500. the national rifle association is sponsoring a major nascar sprint cup race for the first time. eddy is president of the texas motor speedway. >> demographically it's a great fit. any product that you have as a sponsor you look to see is it going to match up in this one certainly does. >> reporter: the texas race has historically involved guns. the driver who wins the time trials on the first day known as the pole winner gets a shotgun. the race winner receives two six shooters and celebrates by firing them using blanks. he says the nra deal was in the works prior to the shootings of 20 children and six adults at sandy hook elementary school last december. long before the current proposals in congress to strengthen background checks for gusenator chris murphy
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 11:00am PDT
despite the nra's warning last night that it would rate lawmakers on procedural votes. something they don't normally do in the end. many republicans voted to move forward with the will including some surprises and plans of a gop filibuster ultimately failed. the white house welcomed today's development but stressed that this is only the beginning of what will be a long process. >> there is still work to be done. this was simply while very important, a first stage in an effort to get sensible common sense legislation that would reduce gun violence in america while protecting americans' second amendment rights, signed into law. >> kelly o'donnell has been informing it all for us from capitol hill with the details. so before we get to the next step in the process ahead, let's look back on what happened a few hours ago. i know you noted in your report that there were some surprises as it relates to republicans. break it all down for us. >> if you look at what has happened with there issue in just a matter of days, it really is starting when you consider the time clock of capitol hill. it
Current
Apr 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
rather stand with the gun lobby and nra than 20 little angels gunned down at sandy look elementary school or their grieving parents who came down here and begged the senators to take action. they don't give a damn about the american people. don't give a damn about those beautiful little babies or their families or their brave teachers who stood by them. no doubt who's responsible. 90% of democrats voted yes. 90 pest of republicans voted no. meanwhile up in boston, thanks to video from lord & taylor police have hot leads in that investigation. but don't believe what you hear on cnn. no arrest has been made in that case. we'll bring you up to date on both big stories and more on current tv. alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the aud
PBS
Apr 14, 2013 12:30pm PDT
power of the nra? >> in this case it may, and it seems to already he to some extent. to have the families of not just newtown, but other massacres all over the hill is a very powerful thing. there have been the short-term victories before. the nra is a very injuring opponent. what is interesting to me is -- a very enduring opponent. what is interesting to me is tot joe manchin got toomey go along with him on this. and all the ads against toomey blocking the legislation went off the air, which to toomey me tells to was really worried about this in pennsylvania. >> is there any thing unconstitutional in this as the nra claims? >> yet, and that is not really the issue. this is about not just background checks, limiting ammunition, magazines. the significant thing this time is the grassroots movement for some kind of gun control. not aboutf newtown, but all over the country. while there may not be enough to defeat the nra, the nra does not have the skill to alter itself anymore. >> i will call your attention to the behind the current -- curtain column from "politico" on friday. the n
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2013 1:00am PDT
is why what that nra lobbyist derisively called the connecticut effect, that's why the connecticut effect has not worn off four months later. connecticut senator chris murphy brings pictures of the kids who died that day with him on the floor of the senate. he puts their pictures up there on easels and tells these personal stories, these personal detailed individual stories about what they were like before they were killed by a disturbed young man armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle on high capacity ammunition magazines, things that wouldn't have been legal to buy had the assault weapons ban not expired in 2004. when the family's grief could be immobilizing, you think it could be immobilizing for anybody, the newtown families have kept moving and refused to forget. no, we hold your focus on what happened here until something is done to stop this from happening to the next family. >> this is dillon. i think the picture kind of sums him up perfectly. he was always smiling and always laughing and he was very pure. possibly because of his age, he was 6, and possibly because he wa
Current
Apr 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
conscience and voted the right way. but the nra uses the senate and they threaten individuals. and people succumb to those threats. the good people of sandy hook didn't do any threatening of people. they pleaded for the help for themselves and in memory of their children and they pleaded for help for the rest of the country. it is the nra who threatened people with a primary or with their election results. they are the people who are abusing the process and unfortunately, there were those who listened to them yesterday and said no, no! you are not going to use me. i am going to do the right thing by people in the united states of america. and i'm going to do the right thing by our children in protecting their lives. that's the job i was sent here to do. that's what the people of my community are asking me to do. that's what i believe in my heart and in my conscience is the right direction. >> john: connecticut democratic representative rosa delauro, there may be 45 nra props in the senate but i thank you for your time and for your service on this issue. >> thank you. >> john: for what may
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 6:00am PDT
background checks may not be so easy after all. the nra, after hours of letting it hang out there, late last night, let congress know they're still keeping score. >>> it's a very busy thursday, april 11th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. got the 411 on everything today. had to use it once. let's get right to my first read. this morning at 11:00, the senate is expected to vote on whether to take up debate on a gun bill. it follows a whiplash day of sorts, as momentum seemed to stall on the big compromise on background checks put forward by senators pat toomey and joe manchin. senator chuck schumer agreed not to appear when the two rolled o out the deal, because toomey didn't want to stand next to them, for political reasons. senator mark kirk, also co-sponsor of the compromise also agreed not to appear. at the news conference, toomey and manchin said all parties, including the nra, had been in the room. >> i've got to tell you, candidly, i don't consider criminal background checks to be gun control. >> we've taken all sides into consideration. have the nra sitting ther
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
nra. at least when he was in congress, he was considered a reasonable man. his statement was not reasonable. in fact, it wasn't even accurate. in fact, as joe man chin, the author of the bill, said yesterday, anybody that suggested that private gun sales, individual sales from one person to another, a family member or another, a friend to another, would be outlawed or would have to even go through this sort of check is lying. the nra statement is a lie. and i am ashamed of chris cox this morning that he would, for whatever reason, i won't even -- i won't even try to speculate as to why he felt it necessary to lie about what was in this bill. but he did. so the nra, unfortunately, to the very end, from the morning we found out that 20 children were slaughtered and six educators were slaughtered at sandy hook until last night, the nra has acted shamefully, putting out violent video games that 4-year-old kids could play with guns, making horrific statements. the nra is just absolutely behaved shame loessly and they will, of course, pay a cost for this. they will pay it over time. ma
CNN
Apr 13, 2013 7:00am PDT
see the nra sponsoring tonight's nascar sprint cup. it's called the nra 500. some people say it's just too soon after newtown and interf e interferes with the gun violence debate and one connecticut senator is asking fox sports not to broadcast it. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti is at the texas motor speedway in ft. worth. i can imagine there's mixed reaction to this, right? >> reporter: shaure. this is a hugely popular event for racing fans. a lot of people here already camping out and they expect at least 200,000 people physically here to attend this event. the fact is there are questions swirling about around the nra's sponsorship of this event and negotiated by the texas motor speedway here and sanctioned by and approved by nascar. it comes down to as you said timing because of the timing of this race given the gun control debate that's going on right now on capitol hill. senator chris murphy of connecticut is someone who is saying that maybe it's just inappropriate to be holding this nra race at this time at least a race called the nra. thinks that maybe nascar co
Current
Apr 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
is called how the nra got what it wanted. you know, again we quoted tomasky. there is an interesting piece about the president's budget by ronald brounstein and others. i think there's room for debate on a lot of the subjects. it is just the way you negotiate. because we all think wayne lapierrre is crazy. salon makes a good point in this piece. first of all, he only gets paid a million dollars a year. he doesn't care if he looks crazy. it shifts the debate to the right so the compromise position is farther to the right. that's what i get disturbed about as well. blake writes in salon in the immediate aftermath of newtown the country seemed serious about gun safety reform. we're going to get something done. what we get done, because we keep saying who does the nra speak for? people that sell guns, that's it. not even their own members. they've succeeded at least for now in moving the debate to the right. after a week of silence, after the tragedy, remember the crazy press conference that wayne lapierrre gave that inspired laughter and ridicule by sponsoring zero reforms t
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
, mr. republican, for allowing the debate to begin. that was even one step too far for the nra. what they were also doing was drawing everybody into the debate. come on in. then we'll show you what we can do. then they put the hammer down on this vote that kasie's talking about where they said, yes, we're scoring this one. we're going to hold you accountable for this one. that's one of the main reasons -- >> that's politically. not that they're the good guys, they're not. but that's a good sign of smart politics. otherwise if they had said let's score the debate, these guys would look like real bad guys. >> they would look -- they would look like they were afraid. >> go ahead and vote, but we're voting against you. >> that's exactly what they do. >> kasie, let's go through some cases. i'm always amazed by john mccain. there's a good john mccain, not so good john mccain. let's go to the good john mccain. he's really the only red stater of his party to cross the aisle and vote with basically gun safety people. and he's from arizona. what do you know about that? >> and one of the only w
Current
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
important and he fought hard for it. we have joe manchin a-rating from the nra and pat toomey, agreeing. there are a hundred loopholes in it but some sort of background check. obviously this passed. >> the order of the senate. the vote on the vote, the nays are 46. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment. the amendment is not agreed to. >> cenk: not agreed to. now of course 54 used to be a majority these days they just assume that you need to get to 60 because the republicans let's be very clear about this, filibustered this bill, a bill that 91% of americans agreed with. a larger number because 91% believe in background checks. the president was not happy about the circumstance. let's go to his reaction. >> i'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here because the american people are trying to figure out how can something have 90% support yet not happen? i've heard folks say having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was some how misplaced. a prop, somebody called it. emotional blackmail some outlet sa
PBS
Apr 11, 2013 11:00pm PDT
is another most powerful washington lobbying force it's the nra. >> rose: right. >> and the fact the nra came out, they were against having a-- you know, this bill go forward. it goes forward in the senate. and then you have, you know, pat actually and joeansn, two of the most conservative senators in their respective parties and both lifetime a-rated nra members come forward with a proposal that would at least do something in the way of gun control, you know, expanding background checks. it's only partial, you know, part of the president's plan but it is something. you know, it's significant movement. we're still a long way from anything actually passing. but it's significant movement. >> rose: we continue with leah dickerman. she is the curator at the moma exhi busins inenin abstraction 1910 to 1925. it closes soon so go quickly. >> so i think one of the lessons here is that creativity and sociability are deeply, deeply linked. and for scholars of modernism, we have long recognized that the advent of abstraction in the visual arts, the beginnings of atonal music, the beginnings
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 8:00am PDT
wouldn't be for it. >> we're showing them as nra members, a lifetime member, a sportsman all my life, this bill doesn't allow government infringement, takes none of your rights away. >> that pair putting a lot of political capital on the line and vice president joe biden saying this of america's support of gun control measures in an exclusive round table discussion on "morning joe." >> the public is so far ahead of the elected officials. i mean so far ahead. you saw it in immigration. you saw it in marriage issues. you're seeing it now. the public has moved to a different place. >> also this hour as nbc begins a special day of coverage called immigration nation, i will be speaking with senator jeff flake, one of the bipartisan immigration eight working on an overhaul that could be done in a matter of days. all of this as a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll is showing a majority of americans favor a pathway to citizenship. when you break this down with lahtinos the number jumps to ovr 80%. we start with democratic congressman mike thompson of california. congressman thompson hea
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
the only people who really cared in any numbers about gun laws were the nra and their supporters. and the people on the other side who supported what used to be called gun control, they carried about gun control and 15 other issues. they were not single issues the way the nra supporters were. that's now changed. we're now entering an era where a combination of anger, money, and intensity is going to change the political complex of this issue. but probably not until 2014. >> john than, has it really changed? >> it hasn't changed right now because we haven't had an election. what has to happen is one candidate in illinois who went down, she was the first one who went down. >> for the seat once held by jesse jackson jr. >> she was too close to the nra. in 2014, believe me. there are going to be republican members from suburban districts. not from real world districts but suburban districts who are on the wrong side of this issue and should be driven from public office from this immoral stand on this issue. when that happens that will send a very powerful message and in 2015 you will
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2013 3:00am PDT
dollars po pored into their district and not just into the nra. bloomberg, mark kelly and a lot of other people in the middle are going to pour millions of dollars in there and they are going to tell the truth. they are not going to smear them but just tell the truth and show members of al qaeda talking about how their congressman made it easier to kill americans because they wouldn't have basic background checks that would keep assault weapons out of the hands of terrorists. >> james is right. the nra is incredibly powerful. there is more attention going on to this attention. i think the fight is a little bit more difficult this time. the thing that strikes me about yesterday's vote which was 68-31 which is probably more votes for than we thought, the 31, what they effectively said yesterday not only will i not allow this debate to pass i will not debate this bill and i don't want to talk about the possibility of background checks. margaret carlson it raises the question, then if there are 31 votes and john mccain was on the sunday shows on sunday saying a filibuster was unconscio
NBC
Apr 14, 2013 6:00pm EDT
control bill. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> nra headquarters in fairfax, they carried signs and marched in front of the organization. the senate is expected to vote this week on its gun control measure. sponsors say the vote is too close to call right now. meanwhile, a gun rights group has split with the nra, the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms endorsed this senate bill. >>> a big celebration in north korea today on the eve of the nation's biggest holiday. today, statues of kim i will sung and kim john-il were unveiled. as richard engel reports, the world is watching to see if the country will test fire a missile to mark the occasion. >> reporter: here in seoul, we are still waiting to see if north korea will, in fact, test fire at least one missile. we have been waiting for days. is it just hype, will it actually ever happen. we may find out tomorrow. tomorrow is the anniversary in north korea of the birth of the country's late founder, kim il-sung, a time where there are usually military parades and shows of force. the missile launch could be timed t
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 2:00am PDT
mark with ink from chase. >>> nra a-rated democrat joe manchin needed a republican dance partner on a background checks agreement. to find one, old friend pat toomey completed the duo. a fiscal conservative and nra ally. joining me now is bob franken on the phone with us. good morning to you, bob. the question here might be does toomey, now that he's part of the duo, announced the agreement, does he bring enough cover and democratic aide saying he could bring along 12 other republicans. what do you think? >> well, i think at least he will bring them along to the point we can expect they will get past the filibuster and start the arduous process of debating the gun bill with all the amendments that's going to be offered. many would weaken what many were gun control advocates say is already being weakened. >> looking at the numbers, only 27% of republicans support stricter gun laws. look at toomey right now, why is he doing this? he faces reelection in three years in a swing state, pennsylvania. he's got to be making some calculations when it comes to the political capital he's expendin
CNN
Apr 13, 2013 4:00pm PDT
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MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
senator joe manchin of west virginia took to the senate floor with his nra card in hand and pleaded with his colleagues to reject the nra's misinformation and fearmongering about supposed criminalization of private transfers of guns. >> where i come from in west virginia, i don't know how to put the words any plainer than this. that is a lie. that is simply a lie. and anybody that can read knows that's not factual. >> the nra, however, seems to have successfully clouded the debate thanks in part to demonostra bli false ads like this one which suggest police officers don't like background checks. also in part to republican and even a few democratic senators who've been willing to carry the nra's water. >> if you decide you want to sell your shotgun and you put an advertisement in craigslist, under that bill, before you can do so, you have to go through the federal government background check. >> really, senator cruz? what's your fear? that's your fear? strang strangers won't have the right to sell guns to strangers on craigslist? amazing. joining me now, nbc's luke russert who covers
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 9:00am PDT
nra lobbyists. the gun reform filibusters say the nra will oppose a cloture motion to move final passage of the bill. the nra is saying lawmakers who didn't vote to squash a debate on this issue will be penalized by the nra. regardless, two senators with a ratings from the nra are not backing down. >> i know this does nothing to infringe the rights of law-abiding citizens. if it did, i wouldn't be for it. >> we're assuring them as nra members, a-rated members, a lifetime member, a sportsman all my life, this bill doesn't allow government infringement, it takes none of your rights away. >> vice president biden sat down with "morning joe" and said a shift has taken place. >> i think what was the game-changer in the minds of the american people saying enough is enough, is what happened to those beautiful babies up in sandy hook. look, joe, this is one of the cases where, where the public is so far ahead of the elected officials. i mean so far ahead. you saw it in immigration, you saw it in marriage issues, you see it now. the public has moved to a different place. >> the next few we
Current
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
. we have a compromise from two senator who got a ratings from the nra. got the majority of votes. now let's look at the other reality. 20 children were slaughtered in a school along with six educators. nothing happened. stop and think about that. if these senator think they just took an easy vote they don't have to look in the eye of the nra, they have to look in the eye of the american people. the vast majority of nra members happen to believe in common sense background checks. the reality of this is a very very small group of very vested people in washington got to a few senator. some of them have an honest policy difference that happens. some of them were just chickens -- i won't finish the sentence. and i need them to know that those who think they took an easy vote will be facing lobbyists throughout the country now who are trained by violence and they will now look them in the eye and know they did nothing. this is only beginning. >> michael: it is, but let's say the twins are down 6-0, they tie the game at 6-6 and then they lose 8-6 in the end. you can say, yeah, they played pr
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Apr 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
also bombs. >> stephanie: you think the nra is behind it. >> caller: not so much the nra. i think it is somebody that just believes in having assault rifles. they don't want them banned. >> stephanie: it is interesting. i don't prescribe to that. what i'm saying is it is interesting timing. it is incredible. background check is in trouble. we're obviously going to talk about that next hour. >> it wouldn't surprise me if some nra member, wayne lapierrre would say see guns don't kill people. kitchen -- pressure cooker. >> stephanie: sure. all right. they'll be fine if there is a crock-pot registry, i'm guessing. corky in rochester you're on "the stephanie miller show." real quick. hey, corky. >> caller: how you doing steph? >> stephanie: good. go ahead. >> caller: it is not a conspiracy theory. i'm waiting for somebody in the senate or congress to come up and say we have to restore the pentagon spending because you know, all of this is happening and we need more money for the pentagon. >> we need another icbm. >> don't let a tragedy go to waste, you know. >> stephanie: exactly. thank y
CNN
Apr 10, 2013 9:00pm PDT
. >> the big barrier that keeps coming up is the nra, and they have been explicit they don't want any universal background checks, they don't want anything. you had a high rating from the nra. an "a" and b-plus in the past. you are making an enemy of the nra now with what you're doing and they will come after you, won't they? >> well, they may, and probably will at some point. here's the good news on that, piers. the country has come together in ways that i don't think we have ever seen in recent history. most of the country understands that like we have in pennsylvania -- we've got more than 1 million gun owners in pennsylvania. it's part of our tradition, part of our culture. and it's very positive in our state. and i think we can say to those gun owners, we want to respect your rights in every way that is possible under our system. you can have a gun for protection, and a lot of people need a gun for protection. you can have a gun to engage in hunting or sporting. you can do that within the limits and within what we will vote on the next couple days. i think we've got to make sure
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2013 8:00am PDT
long the nra and other gun groups have had a lock on congress. they've been able to intimidate them from doing what's right. now you got these newtown families who have come to congress as victim survivors and are putting faces on these numbers. and it's very powerful and i'm just grateful to them for having the courage to do it. >> there really is a counter weight right now the nra, a coalition not only the unified people of noun the families showing in the home also your former colleague gabrielle giffords will thereabout on capitol hill next week to push for expanded background checks. this saturday organize for action and mayors against illegal action holding events asking americans to pass common sense measures. specifically you're drafting your own piece of legislation. i want to talk about that because it's called the speier gun control bill. it will create gun violence health care trust fund. i want will create a fund to pay for public costs paid for by an excise tax on guns and ammunition. >> with the appetite in washington for common sense gun control do you think your leg
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 1:00pm PDT
pandering to get an a-plus rating for the nra. >> i've heard folks sat they having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced, a problem somebody called them. >> in some cases the president has used them as props. >> are they serious? >> let's get right to our panel. joining me now, edward flynn, chief of the milwaukee police department. and lori hoss whose daughter was shot and injured at the 2007 virginia tech shooting. >> good afternoon. >> i want to start with you. you heard senator rand paul you are being used as a problem. i want to ask you, are you a prop? >> absolutely not. i find that just, you know, vulgar for him to apply that because gun violence has touched my family, my daughter, emily, was shot twice in the back of the head six years ago tuesday. that i am somehow being used by anyone, i'm not a prop. i am talking about this because it happened to my family and because i saw a lot of pain and i continue to see a lot of pain. the pain of gun violence that visited the 32 students and staff that were killed at virginia tech. and i've worked
MSNBC
Apr 15, 2013 9:00am PDT
. >> on this. so it's really a full-court press. and you've seen the nra as you said, use emotions and this idea that somehow there is this coming war, right? this coming revolution and somehow the government is after your guns. and i think in a lot of ways, we're seeing the beginning of a real shift in terms of how we talk about guns, the nra over the last 15 years has been out front in being able to dictate the terms. i think now even if this is a watered-down measure, i think we're beginning to see a shift. >> before we talk about the measure itself. eleanor cliff said the gun safety lobby is here to stay. we talk about the power of the nra, eleanor cliff said the newtown families and gabrielle giffords are in the gun safety lobby to say. the culture of guns is beginning to go through a transformation in in this country. >> i think it will be make it easier to pass, sensible gun legislation going forward. it's a disgrace that we may not get a vote on anything in the house. it's an absolute disgrace. but they will pay for it. republicans who are elected from moderate congressiona
PBS
Apr 12, 2013 12:00am PDT
. if there is another most powerful washington lobbying force force it's the nra. the fact they came out. they were against having a, the bill go forward it goes forward in the senate. and then su have, pat toomey and joe mansion, these are two of the most conservative senators in their respective parties, and both lifetime a-rated nra members come forward with a proposal that would at least do something in the way of gun control. you know, expanding background checks. it's only partial, you know, part of the president's plan. but it is something. you know, it's significant movement. we're still a long way from anything actually passing but it's significant movement. >> rose: does the fact that they're prepared to do this offer some hope in getting people of their own sort of persuasion to come forward and vote on these issues the way that the president would like for them to vote? >> i think that the answer is yes. the question is whether or not we'll be enough. it's interesting, charlie, this hasn't gotten much attention. but if you look at the toomey-mansion compromise, it has in
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 7:00pm PDT
reporting from boston. have a great night. >>> today the gun lobbyists at the nra got what they wanted on the floor of the united states senate and tonight lobbyists from the nra have made it harder for the fbi to find the murderer who planted the bombs here in boston. >> the investigation into monday's bombing in boston intensifies. >> there's a lot of information flying around right now. >> we've heard conflicting information. >> various media accounts right now as to whether or not someone is in custody. >> a suspect is about to be arre arrested. >> i have just been told that an arrest has been made. >> we are not comfortable reporting that. >> several law enforcement officers have told us that hasn't happened. >> on the record, there's been no arrests in the boston bombings case. >> here is what we actually know. >> investigators have identified solid leads from video evidence. >> investigators have obtained video. >> surveillance video specifically from a department store. >> the person placing a black bag down near the scene of the blast. >> at the same time, they are piecing togeth
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 1:00pm PDT
efforts of the nra. so this is going to be a very long haul, but, again, you have the people here at the white house and, of course, the families really determined to continue to press this issue. martin? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. >> reporter: thanks. >>> let's get right to our panel. with us from washington is msnbc political analyst and soon to be msnbc host, karen finney. and democratic strategist, julian epstein, former counsel for the house judiciary committee. karen, it's certainly reassuring as kristen just said we had 68 votes to allow debate on gun legislation. >> right. >> but how much of a bellwether is that vote when it comes to the vote ahead on the actual legislation? >> well, i think as was saying, it shows how tough it's going to be. we know they have called for weeks of debate. that is what i was hearing earlier today. part of the strategy on that, and julian knows this process better than i, will be to attach amendments that could ultimately kill the overall bill but also to try to wear down the folks, like the folks from sandy hook, to try to, you know,
CNBC
Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm EDT
bipartisan proposal from two senators both with "a" ratings from the nra. a common sense proposal supported by 90% of americans. it's a proposal that will save lives without interfering with the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. we'll return home now, disappointed but not defeated. we return home with the determination that change will happen. maybe not today, but it will happen. it will happen soon. we've always known this would be a long road, and we don't have the luxury of turning back. we will keep moving forward and build public support for common sense solutions in the areas of mental health, school safety, and gun safety. we take strength from the children and loved ones that we lost. and we carry a great faith in the american people. on behalf of the sandy hook promise, i would like to thank president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and for standing strong and continuing to fight for a safer america. i would like to thank senators toomey, mansion, kirk for coming together. i would like to thank connecticut's senators blumenthal and murphy. th
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 3:00pm PDT
lot of guys and women say i will have to look the nra and gun groupps in the eye. that's true. you also have to look the parents in the eye. >> republican senator rand paul said the president overplayed his hand by using the newtown family. >> it is still saddens me to see them . i think that in some cases, the president used them as props and that disas me. >> that drew a sharp rejoinder from jay carner. >> the newtown families are not re because of the president but they are here because their children were murder asking the senate to do something common sense. >> senator joe manchin is the democrat partner with pat toomey. the west virginia pled with republican colleagues and handful of conservative democrats to help him reach the 60 votes. >> i understand the political stakes for my colleagues. i sim thyself and understand it. >> yet the national rifle association blocked the reform with the key line of attack. >> manchin-toomey would not have stopped newtown. people who steal guns don't submit to background checks. >> it came down to a word for him. montana. meaning that demde
WETA
Apr 16, 2013 12:00am EDT
listened to the nra whoother types of groups feel, politicians who feel they would be committing political suicide if they stood up to the nra. i'm not surprised at the cost of what has happened. of where the sense debate is going to go? >> we stand a chance of expanding background checks. tavis: you're telling me a few months after newtown, it is possible, it is conceivable that this year might end without an assault weapons ban and without legislation that guarantees background checks. >> it will end without a ban on assault weapons, that is for sure. to whether or not we expand background checks, not sure. the would be shocked if that happens. but we do not do that. tois: that makes me want throw. i cannot do that on national television. i will keep it in for a few minutes. i understand how the system works and how should the american people see that? is honest and authentic. i love that about you. bernie sanders will always give you a straight answer whether you like it or not. how should the american public read that? >> what they should think about is what political power i
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